Monterey Sewer Rate Study Data Due

Members of the Monterey Town Council should get the findings of the community’s first sewer rate study in seven years at their meeting this evening. They received a grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to conduct the study. Monterey’s residential sewer rates are $48.11 per month and were last increased in 2007 following a 2006 rate study. Local officials stress that a rate study does not necessarily mean an increase will follow. This study was prompted by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management which cited the town in 2011 for ammonia level violations at the waste water treatment plant. Those levels have since been brought under control but IDEM asked for additional remediation plans, including a rate study to determine how those costs would be covered should more extensive upgrades be deemed necessary. Tonight’s Monterey Town Council meeting starts at 7 p.m. EDT at the town hall.